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Manny Ramirez will hold a workout for MLB teams

Jan 5, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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Manny Ramirez is predictably still looking for work after MLB reduced his suspension from 100 games to 50 games and Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that he plans to hold a workout for MLB teams later this month.

Last offseason Ramirez signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Rays, only to retire after five games when his 100-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs was announced.

Considering how limited his market was last winter and the fact that he hasn’t played since April it’s tough to imagine Ramirez getting a big-league deal at age 40, and at this point he may have a hard time convincing a team he’s worth a minor-league deal.

Ramirez’s last full season was 2010 and he hit .298 with 19 homers and a .949 OPS in 104 games for the Dodgers and White Sox. Under normal circumstances that would be enough to make him worth a low-cost flier, even at age 40, but because it’s Ramirez the over/under for teams attending his workout is probably around 2.5 (depending on how many scouts in the area are curious and/or bored that day).

  1. jwbiii - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Mike Jacobs recently got a minor league deal and he owes about 45 games for an hGH suspension from last year, so anything is possible.

    • l0yalr0yal - Jan 5, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      He still owes Kansas City about 60 games he never showed up for in 2009, also. I mean, he was on the field, but.. well, you know.

      • jwbiii - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:28 AM

        If you remember Mike Jacobs as a good ballplayer, you must have seen some Mets games six or eight years ago. Binghamton Mets.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    There is some weird, impossible to explain side of me that wants him to come back for one more year.
    No, I don’t have a reason, outside of, I suppose, morbid curiosity. Curiosity of unknown origin, however.

    • CJ - Jan 5, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      OG will hate me for this, but it’d be fun to see Manny added to the crazies they’re putting together in Miami with Morrison, Zambrano, Guillen, Ramirez and I’m sure I’m missing someone probably.

      • Old Gator - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:55 PM

        No, Scott Olson is long gone.

        But Manny? Heh….

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 5, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Maybe they can just call the 50 games maternity leave.

    • cur68 - Jan 5, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      And winning the internets for today: sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo! Claim your piece of victory pie from Old Gator.

      • Old Gator - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:56 PM

        Today’s victory pie is sapote negra mousse with almond. Just took it out of the fridge.

  4. chetwynnr - Jan 5, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    If no MLB team is willing to take a flier on him Manny will be able to concentrate on just being Manny.

  5. andyreidisfat - Jan 5, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    If he was on the cheap and willing to shut up and go for a title and make a little doe I would be happy to see him join the phills after his suspension.

    • jwbiii - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:16 PM

      Not a good match. With current roster construction policies, it’s tough for an NL team to carry two defensively challenged hitters. I’d rather have Thome.

  6. muckthefets23 - Jan 5, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Why would you wanna wish that cancer anywhere near the phils??! We already let T.O. destroy the eagles, why in gods name would you wanna kill the phillies clubhouse chemistry with Manny??!

  7. pisano - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    This dumb ass needs to take a hint no one wants him. He burned too many bridges and his dog and pony show is over.

  8. luckywi - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    I see a conspiracy against Manny, similar to the one against Bonds. It’s called common sense.

  9. icanspeel - Jan 5, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    He should have just served the suspension last year instead of retiring.. then he would be free and clear of a suspension to start this year.

  10. sportsdrenched.com - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Hopefully Terrel Owens makes an appearnce at this work out so he doesn’t have to do it alone.

  11. bozosforall - Jan 6, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Sounds like he’s confident that the latest PEDs that he got from his buddy David Ortiz are definitely going to be completely untraceable.

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